Kilmactranny

St Thomas' Church Kilmactranny
Graveyard name: 
Kilmactranny
Graveyard Code: 
SL-KMTY
RMP/Site number: 
SL041-038002-
RMP Classification: 
Graveyard

Location

Kilmactranny, Sligo
Ireland
54° 3' 39.0816" N, 8° 15' 15.5088" W
Townland: 
Carrickard
Number of Memorials: 
227
Notes: 

Surveyed in 2017 as part of the Sligo Historic Graveyards Project.  Funded by Sligo County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council as an action of the County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020. See www.sligococo.ie/heritage for more information

Kilmactranny Graveyard is in the townland of Carrickard, in east Sligo and named after the old parish of the same name.  It is about three miles west of Ballyfarnon and seven miles north west of Boyle. The site is mentioned in the Annals of Lough Ce in 1236 and is recorded in the Taxation List of 1306 as "Church was waste".

St Thomas' Church of Ireland (NIAH Reg. No. 32404101) is on its southern boundary. Built in 1811, on the site of an older church founded by St. Macatrany (SL041-038001-). It has an interesting historical connection, from 1852 to 1867 the Rector was Rev. Arthur Hyde, father of Douglas Hyde, the first president of Ireland. The family lived in the adjacent Glebe.

A Conmee family vault, testimony to the presence of a late medieval Irish poet and annalist, is situated at the back of the church. Dr. O’Rourke’s 1880 study “Ballisodare and Kilvarnet” mentions that a famous duellist, Centy O’Rourke is buried near the same vault. “Killed in a duel near Achonry in 1779, buried in Banada and later re-interred under the cover of darkness, in the graveyard at Kilmactranny”.

In the field to the north of the graveyard is a large boulder bearing a cross which dates to 1680. It once bore the inscription (no longer visible) “Pray for the soul of Emund et Owen McDermot roe….1680.” A similar stone, within the graveyard bears the same name and is dated 1682.

An old laneway to the north is called "Barr na Marbh" referring to the great famine when the women of the area brought the bodies to the top of the hill. The men working on the road collected the bodies and buried them in the graveyard. This story was narrated by local historian Murtagh Corcoran RIP, who lived nearby and is now resting in Kilmactranny.

The graveyard is maintained by a voluntary committee funded by donations collected at the annual cemetary mass. Donations can also be given to any committee member or paid directly into the following bank account: Bank of Ireland, Sligo. BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN: IE71BOFI90544041226102. All donations are gratefully accepted.

Survey documents

Graves

Photo Grave Name Surname
SL-KMTY-0076 SL-KMTY-0076
Bryan
Mary
Conlon
Conlon alias Conilan
SL-KMTY-0077 SL-KMTY-0077
SL-KMTY-0078 SL-KMTY-0078
SL-KMTY-0079 SL-KMTY-0079
Patrick
Kate Ann
John Joe
Charles
John
Travers
Travers
Travers
Gallagher
Gallagher
SL-KMTY-0080 SL-KMTY-0080
SL-KMTY-0081 SL-KMTY-0081
SL-KMTY-0082 SL-KMTY-0082
James
Winifred
Mullaney
Mullaney
SL-KMTY-0083 SL-KMTY-0083
SL-KMTY-0084 SL-KMTY-0084
SL-KMTY-0085 SL-KMTY-0085
SL-KMTY-0086 SL-KMTY-0086
SL-KMTY-0087 SL-KMTY-0087 Katy Kelley
SL-KMTY-0088 SL-KMTY-0088 Davey Willmoe
SL-KMTY-0089 SL-KMTY-0089
SL-KMTY-0090 SL-KMTY-0090
John
Mary
Mattimoe
Mattimoe
SL-KMTY-0091 SL-KMTY-0091
Patrick
Anne
Denis
Catherine
Patrick
Hannagh
Kathleen
Moran
Moran
Moran
Moran
Moran
Moran
McCarthy
SL-KMTY-0092 SL-KMTY-0092
SL-KMTY-0093 SL-KMTY-0093
SL-KMTY-0094 SL-KMTY-0094
John
Catharine
Ballantine
Ballantine alias Connolly
SL-KMTY-0095 SL-KMTY-0095
SL-KMTY-0096 SL-KMTY-0096
SL-KMTY-0097 SL-KMTY-0097 Cathrin Hart alias Ballantine
SL-KMTY-0098 SL-KMTY-0098
SL-KMTY-0099 SL-KMTY-0099
SL-KMTY-0100 SL-KMTY-0100 Michael Killoran